New publication: The Tree of Life is Eternally Green

The Tree of Life is Eternally Green - Martinez & Saez

We have just released our latest labour of love, The Tree of Life is Eternally Green by Pascual Martínez + Vincent Sáez – and it’s a beauty!

We like to call it ‘an intimate notebook’ which reflects the actual process of its creation, and the feeling we hope you’ll get as you hold it in your hands and leaf through it.

It was nearly two years ago that we first met Pascual and Vincent, in Arles in 2016, where they showed their book dummy in a Voies Off portfolio review. Their passion was contagious, we agreed to work together, and since then the book has evolved through more than a few versions of sequences and designs.

The final book is the culmination of work the duo made during several explorations around Romania, since 2014. They forged their own path through the country’s landscape, guided by an affinity with the strong connections that Romanians have with nature. Over 6000km were travelled by walking and hitchhiking, by car, bus, and train. Their earthy (and analog) approach to photography results in a celebration of Romanian people and their traditions, the untamed landscape, and the country’s rich flora.

Along their journey Pascual and Vincent collected leaves and flowers growing in places where they photographed, pressing them into their notebooks. These flora appear on transparent pages throughout the book.
The Tree of Life is Eternally Green - Pascual Martinez & Vincent Saez
When they met landscaper Minerva Luca during their travels, they discovered she created striking botanical drawings and asked her to contribute her artwork, which she was happy to do. Her illustrations of Romanian flowers and leaves feature on the front and back covers, and in 10 pages at the back of the book, reproduced on a luxurious art paper.

In all this unassuming ‘notebook’ is presented on four paper stocks (mostly 100% recycled) with papers mixed throughout the interior. This design feature presented a massive production challenge that required manual assembly (by a human!) and extra care in the finishing of each individual book object. We hope this special labour can be instantly felt when you hold a copy for yourself! X
The Tree of Life is Eternally Green - Pascual Martinez & Vincent Saez
Illustrations by Minerva Luca

Pascual and Vincent are currently touring around Spain, presenting the book! You can follow their news at ninorojo.com and on Instagram @ninorojoproject

Photobooks of 2017 / End of Year Roundup

Overlapse has had a terrific year making photobooks and setting them free into the wild!

A highlight for us was rounding up at Polycopies in Paris, where we met some visionary publishers and connected with wonderful new friends from around the world. The directors Sebastian and Laurent curate and organise a rocking annual event (this year covered in live video by The New York Times). It was an incredible experience and we hope to see you there in 2018!

December brought surprises with the annual, semi-notorious ‘end of year’ lists, highlighting some of the ‘best’ photobooks released 2017 according to critics, collectors, booksellers, curators, photographers and more. Although loads of great photobooks are inevitably overlooked and under-seen, it’s been exciting to discover that two of our publications have been particularly noteworthy. We want to share our successes with all of our supporters, so if you’re interested do check out the links below to read what selectors had to say (writing thoughtfully about their choices in many cases) and discover some excellent books published in 2017:

Beyond Drifting by Mandy Barker:
* Ten Best Photography Books of 2017, Smithsonian Magazine
* Photo-eye Best Books of 2017, selected by Laura M. André, Photo-eye Book Division Manager
* Photo-eye Best Books of 2017, selected by Sara Terry, Publisher & Guggenheim Fellow
* Photobookstore Magazine Photobooks of 2017, selected by David Solo, Collector
* Photobookstore Magazine Photobooks of 2017, selected by 10×10 Photobooks Team
* Photobook Phenomenon Choice of 2017, selected by Bint photoBooks, Collector
* Selected Photobooks of 2017, Women Photograph
* Artist Edition highlighted by David Solo and Hyperallergic

Laura M. André on Beyond Drifting: “This conceptually rich photobook is the sleeper of the year. Think Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species meets Anna Atkins’ Cyanotypes of British Algae. From the faded and stained cover to the facsimile pages of creased, mold spotted, bleed-through paper, Mandy Barker’s brilliantly conceived, designed, and executed faux-Victorian photobook deftly addresses the contemporary, global environmental crisis of plastic ocean debris… This book is a knockout!”

The Disappearance of Joseph Plummer by Amani Willett:
* Photo-eye Best Books of 2017, selected by Aline Smithson, Editor in Chief of LENSCRATCH
* Really Good Photobooks Published in 2017, selected by Humble Arts Foundation NY
* Favorite Photobooks of 2017, selected by Suzanne Révy and Elin Spring
* PDN Editors’ Pick, 2017 Gift Guide

Aline Smithson on The Disappearance of Joseph Plummer: “It’s incredibly difficult to speak to a Best Book, but I am a longtime fan of how Amani Willett tells stories… Presented as surreal and cinematic storytelling, The Disappearance of Joseph Plummer is the perfect combination of nightmares and daydreams, beautifully mysterious and intriguing, in the style of all good novels.”

We’ll end 2017 with A MASSIVE THANK YOU to everyone who has looked at our books this year, to all who made a purchase, and to those of you who helped spread the word about our photographers/artists and publications in media, social networks and in real life! We couldn’t do all this work without your support, and the experiences of 2017 have energised us – we’re bubbling with anticipation to show you our upcoming projects in 2018.

All best wishes for a Happy New Year!

Further reading:
See Photobookstore Magazine’s Photobooks of 2017 – All lists
See Photo-eye’s Best Books of 2017 – Full list
See the ‘Meta-list’ of Favourite Photobooks of 2017 – Compiled by Viory Schellekens

Visit Overlapse at Polycopies 2017!

This year Overlapse will have a table at Polycopies – the photobook fair on a boat that runs during Paris Photo! About 45 independent photobook publishers are participating, and it’s guaranteed to be a lively event packed with amazing books to discover.

Just a 10-minute walk from the Grand Palais (Paris Photo), and moored on the Seine west of Musée d’Orsay, is the Concorde Atlantique boat featuring Polycopies!

We will be in the hull (lower level) from Thursday to Saturday, doing book signings with Mandy Barker and Marina Vitaglione, and offering up some special surprises!

Signing schedule:

Thursday 9th @ 18:30 – Marina Vitaglione
Thursday 9th @ 19:30 – Mandy Barker

Friday 10th @ 16:00 – Mandy Barker

Saturday 11th @ 12:00 – Marina Vitaglione
Saturday 11th @ 14:00 – Mandy Barker

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Location:
Concorde Atlantique Boat, moored in the Seine at Port de Solferino, 75007 Paris (MAP)
Nearest Métro: Concorde or Assemblée Nationale

Times:
9-11 November 2017
Thursday: 11:00 – 21:00
Friday: 11:00 – 21:00
Saturday: 11:00 – 20:00

Find us:

Printing The Disappearance of Joseph Plummer

Being a small independent publisher, having two books on press in the same week was a thrilling experience! Even more so given that we were simultaneously printing in two different countries. The Disappearance of Joseph Plummer by Amani Willett was printed over two days last week at optimal media in Germany – while on the second day sheets for Solastalgia started running.

Amani’s unique photobook exploring the lure of the wilderness has the look and feel of a classic fairy tale tome. Internal tip-ins give the finished object an added dimension that leads the viewer deeper into an winding narrative played out in a secluded forest in New Hampshire.

The Disappearance of Joseph Plummer arrives end of September and can be pre-ordered here.

Solastalgia on press in Italy

Overlapse has had a very busy summer preparing two new books for autumn release!

Marina Vitaglione’s photo/text book Solastalgia was on press in Bolzano, Italy last week – not far from Venice which is the subject of this moving story. Marina and designer Roberta Donatini oversaw the printing process and we’re all quite anxious to get hold of the final work later in September. It is now available for pre-order at a special price of £25 (£3 off until 25 September).

Mandy Barker in Arles

If you’re in France for the opening week of Les Rencontres d’Arles, Mandy will be joining our friends from Fuego Books on Friday and Saturday to sign copies of Beyond Drifting.
See Cosmos Arles Books for details about the photobook fair.